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The Academic+Athletic Post Graduate Student Combination Done Right

It’s no secret that the grade improving, transcript burnishing, transcript mills that work to qualify students for NCAA division I athletic programs have been newsmakers of late. The stories leave us all shaking our heads at the complicity and willful ignorance of coaches and schools. On the flip side, competitive men’s basketball and football teams [...]

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Virginia Episcopal School Hires UVa Star as Head Basketball Coach

Boarding school (Oak Hill Academy) & UVa alumnus and all-time NCAA 3-point leader, Curtis Staples is the new boys’ head basketball coach at Virginia Episcopal School. Staples and VES seem dedicated to building a healthy program with relationships, attitude, work ethic serving as the foundations. From The News & Advance (VES Names Staples Basketball Coach): [...]

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A Few Athletic Stories to Close the Year

With graduation has provided a spate of stories about boarding school athletes and their achievements. Spanning basketball, football, and baseball- the affects, strengths, and lessons of a boarding education runs through the four pieces. The stories also cover some time and history covering the current status of athletes looking beyond their boarding schools and and [...]

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Duke Men’s Basketball Players Credit Christ School (Asheville, NC) for Basketball Opportunity

The tough family (and locally unpopular) decision to move Mason and Miles Plumlee from their public school to a boarding school certainly paid off. After seeing that the boys’ playing time in their local school would be limited behind senior team members, Perky Plumlee made the decision to send the boys to Christ School (a [...]

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Both Sides of the Prep School Basketball Coin: Athletics and Academics Boys Class A Basketball Concludes

With the boarding school basketball season finished, we’ve come across a couple of highlights that provide an interesting picture of the intensely competitive Boys Class A level. Class A basketball hosts an unusual combination of athleticism and academic preparation. For loud, unbridled, super athletic, basketball, take a look at this YouTube video of the Boys [...]

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Afternoons at Proctor Academy: Many Talents, Many Perspectives

Editor’s note: we’ve covered the benefits & importance of afternoon athletics and activities in several posts. Physical recreation, drama productions, and club meetings provide outlets adding richness and breadth of experience to boarding school students.  Kim Hurlbutt of Proctor Academy’s development office contributes this piece presenting Proctor’s thinking on the broadening of afternoon and activities [...]

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South Kent School: Home For Deejay Brown

Good boarding schools excel at becoming home for students no matter the reason. ESPN’s E:60 aired a story (E:60 Scared) about South Kent School student and basketball player Deejay Brown. The story hits on so much of what is good and right about boarding schools- structure, support, family. As Deejay grows, works, and plays his [...]

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Kevin Laue Signs with Manhattan College

We highlighted Mr. Laue, a Post-Graduate student at Fork Union Military Academy, in a post titled “Working to Overcome” back on January 5th and we’re delighted to see that he has earned a scholarship to play NCAA Division I basketball beginning in the fall at Manhattan College. “…After Laue was featured in The New York [...]

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NCAA Division I Basketball as Family Affair: Conflict and Compromise

Playing for dad at any level has it’s ups and downs. At the University of Rhode Island, wife & mom, Cindy Baron makes the father-son/coach-player tandem of Coach Jim Baron and player Jimmy Baron work. The friction seems particularly difficult in this story as the blunt, workaholic Coach Baron is driven not to favor his [...]

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From Sneakers and the NBA Back to His Alma Mater

It’s now about the kids for Seth Berger. After building, then, selling And1- the athletic shoe and gear company- Berger has returned to Westtown School outside Philadelphia as basketball coach.   As he tells the Philadelphia Enquirer (Seth Berger, from And1 to Westtown), “It is absolutely a total, total fantasy.” Berger understands the school’s mission [...]

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Boarding School Students Dominate Rivals Class of 2009 Top 150

Don’t miss the current wealth of up and coming mens’ basketball talent in the 2009 prep school class. The Rivals.com Rivals 150 list of top prospects includes no fewer than 20 boarding school students from boarding schools such as Tilton School, Brewster Academy, South Kent School, St. Mark’s School,  Hargrave Military Academy, Patterson School, Oak [...]

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Working to Overcome

Talk about perspective. Sports suffer from overuse as metaphor and insight into the model for life.  But, in this story, athletics is an end not the philosophy, thinking, or means and the latter three provide the crux of the story.   Kevin Laue plays basketball at Fork Union Military Academy. FUMA plays great basketball- teams [...]

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NCAA Final Four– Boarding School Flavor

If you follow NCAA men’s basketball, you might notice a small, steady- but large, in a disproportionate sense- number of high caliber basketball players whose biographies include boarding school. This year is no exception.   Quietly and very well, boarding schools have been educating students destined for NCAA Division I basketball programs- especially the New [...]

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An Inspiring Story

We often write about and mention the potential of boarding schools to become the safe consistent environment for students.  With drive and a series of invested supportive adults, Shamila Kohestani made her way from Afghanistan to Blair Academy in Blairstown, NJ.   Read this great story in the NY Times about Shamila finding her way [...]

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